[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 379: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 112: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 112: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 112: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 112: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 112: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 112: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/bbcode.php on line 112: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/functions.php on line 4505: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /includes/functions.php:3706)
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/functions.php on line 4507: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /includes/functions.php:3706)
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/functions.php on line 4508: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /includes/functions.php:3706)
[phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/functions.php on line 4509: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /includes/functions.php:3706)
SMBC Comics Forum • View topic - [2016-04-05] college funding

[2016-04-05] college funding

Blame Quintushalls for this.

Moderators: NeatNit, Kimra

Re: [2016-04-05] college funding

Postby foerno » Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:58 pm

foerno
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:35 pm

Re: [2016-04-05] college funding

Postby Adkit » Tue Apr 05, 2016 5:35 pm

Man, I came to this forum for the first time ever and realized it's not for me based on this thread.

He said one penny on square one, two on square two "and so on". That implies he's putting two on all the other squares as well. It's an English joke, not a math joke and most of you seem to overthink it WAY hard.
Adkit
 

Re: [2016-04-05] college funding

Postby anonymouscoward » Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:18 pm

$20.80 would've been funnier.
anonymouscoward
 

Re: [2016-04-05] college funding

Postby marcio0 » Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:24 pm

marcio0
 

Re: [2016-04-05] college funding

Postby Felstaff » Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:37 pm

User avatar
Felstaff
XKCD spy
 
Posts: 787
Joined: Sun Jul 12, 2009 2:37 pm

Re: [2016-04-05] college funding

Postby Anon » Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:37 pm

It's reference to the wheat and chessboard problem, a classic example in exponential growth and how it surpasses intuition.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheat_a ... rd_problem
If it followed that pattern he would receive 18,446,744,073,709,551,615 pennies, or $184,467,440,737,095,516.15.
I did have to come here to find the pattern that made $1.27 though
Anon
 

Re: [2016-04-05] college funding

Postby geopower » Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:21 pm

geopower
 

Re: [2016-04-05] college funding

Postby rreeggiiss » Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:28 am

rreeggiiss
 

Re: [2016-04-05] college funding

Postby kst » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:15 am

OK, I got the joke -- just not quite the joke Zach was actually telling.

I got that the son was expecting $184,467,440,737,095,516.15 (doubling the amount on each square).

Since $1.27 is 2**7-1 cents, I assumed the father just stopped after the 7th square rather than putting 2 cents on each square after the first.

And I thought the "You're lucky it's not $0.96" was a pay equity joke (rather than 1¢, 2¢, 1¢, 2¢, 1¢, 2¢, ...) -- which would have made more sense if the woman had said it rather than the father.

Joke's on you though, Zach -- it was funny anyway!
kst
 
Posts: 3
Joined: Sat May 24, 2014 9:55 pm

Re: [2016-04-05] college funding

Postby shenando » Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:16 am

I guess $1.27 is a way lower figure as compared to $20.80 even if relatively speaking negligible as compared to the exponential 64 squares.
shenando
 

Re: [2016-04-05] college funding

Postby randomGeek » Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:06 am

For the $1.27 sequence:
The total value of all pennies on the chessboard is always equal to 2n -1. Hence, on Square1, the total value must be 2(1) - 1 = 1. On Square2, the total value must now be 2(2) - 1 = 3, hence two pennies are added to Square2 to make a total of 3 pennies on the board. On Square 3, the total value must be 2(3) - 1 = 5, so two pennies are put on Square3 to make a total of 5. Thus, 1 penny on Square1, and 2 pennies on all following Squares for a total of 2(64) - 1 = 127.

For the 0.96 sequence:
One penny on every odd numbered square, 2 pennies on every even numbered square, or 1,2,1,2,1,2... for a total of 96.

Moral of the story:
Always request more datapoints!
randomGeek
 

Re: [2016-04-05] college funding

Postby peter_rogers » Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:14 am

I suppose it's a bit silly, but you could also get to $1.27 with this sequence: 1¢ + 2¢ + 3¢ + 1¢ + 2¢ + 3¢ + ... + 1¢ (on the 64th square). Basically the same as 1¢ + 2¢ + 2¢ + ... + 2¢.
peter_rogers
 

Re: [2016-04-05] college funding

Postby Consrupticus » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:13 am

Consrupticus
 

Re: [2016-04-05] college funding

Postby sorabain » Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:23 am

sorabain
 

Re: [2016-04-05] college funding

Postby VMLM » Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:32 pm

He should've trained his son in formal logic and game playing. Then again, he probably didn't just so he could pull off this "life lesson".
VMLM
 

PreviousNext

Return to Latest Comic Discussion 3: Revenge of the Son of Latest Comic Discussion 2

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 21 guests